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Poster: billydlions Date: Nov 28, 2010 8:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: What's your favorite 1st set?

I'm curious as to what everyone thinks is the best (or your favorite) 1st set you have heard. I'm sure many will prefer the Europe 72 tour, like 5-26, where 18 songs were played. Or many will like the creative set lists from 1976, such as 6-9-76. Both are excellent choices, however I believe 8-6-74 is superior to all others. While there are not as many songs as 5-26-72, this is more than made up for by the quality of the jamming. Eyes of the World is a favorite of mine, as is the Playin-Scarlet-Playin combo. I even enjoy some of the throw away tunes such as Mexicali or Bertha to name a few. So what are some other shows where the 1st set alone would have you walking away with a smile on your face?

http://www.archive.org/details/gd74-08-06.sbd.deadlists.1463.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: user unknown Date: Nov 28, 2010 9:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

hard to pick a real favorite, but this ranks on my list of all time great first sets

Grateful Dead Thursday, April 29th, 1971
Fillmore East New York, NY

set 1
Truckin'
Bertha
It Hurts Me To
Cumberland Blues->
Me And My Uncle
Bird Song
Playin' In The Band
Loser
Dark Hollow
Hard To Handle
Ripple
Me And My Bobby McGee
Casey Jones

the NRPS opener is pretty good, as is GD set 2.....
(just give the H2H another listen)


This post was modified by user unknown on 2010-11-28 17:45:01

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Poster: CharlieMiller Date: Nov 28, 2010 9:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

6/26/84

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Poster: deadmax Date: Nov 28, 2010 8:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

I looked this up to see why you picked this one. I was at this show, the Casey Jones opener was strange/good. A guy came in during the 3rd song and asked what they opened with. I still don't think he believes me.

Tell me why you picked this show Charlie.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 28, 2010 12:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

Hey BD--it strikes me as a "era bias issue" on my part, but I was struck by how many could answer easily...my problem is that even for shows I attended, 74-82, I never could think of it in this fashion (ie, "whoaaa...what a great first set!" or "hmmm, the second set rocked, but the first was a bit lacking").

Of course, I've admitted I am really bad at recall along these lines anyhow, for shows I attended, BUT I'd say it's even worse for shows I've come to love over the past five yrs (ie, I just don't think of them in these terms; first set vs second, etc...it's always the whole show vs another or minimally, some great jam that sticks out--which of course, is usu the second set). Again, might be early era bias (as noted above, many of my fav shows are "one disk wonders" in which it may have been a single set). In hand with this would be acoustic set shows in which you have two sets, which in essence, aren't comparable if that makes sense.

Anyhow, just rambling on to say I can't even participate given my lack of categorization along these lines, though clearly many folks do exactly this...just curious to me that I am in the minority on this. Hmmm--what else is new, eh?

Hope you had a good Turkey Day dude!

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Poster: billydlions Date: Nov 28, 2010 4:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

Did you attend 8-13-75 or listen to the live broadcast? That is one that should be on your list Tell. I know you have your early era bias, but I do not remember how you feel about 75.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 28, 2010 8:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

I liked 75 the best, but probably for pers reasons; Jun and Sep were great, IMO, and Aug was great for the sound quality, but no, didn't get an invite (very select if I recall?).

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Nov 29, 2010 8:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

I'm a sucker for 2/9/73

Grateful Dead 2-9-73 (Discs: CDA-3/SHN-2)
Maples Pavilion, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Bertha Remaster by jashley@deadacated.com

SBD>>MR>>REEL>>DAT>>SS>>CDR>>DAW(Bertha)>>CDA>>SHN>>COOL EDIT PRO>>SHN - Sound A

Disc 1
Set 1
d1t01-The Promised Land
d1t02-Row Jimmy
d1t03-Black Throated Wind
d1t04-Deal
d1t05-Me And My Uncle
d1t06-Sugaree
d1t07-Looks Like Rain
d1t08-Loose Lucy
d1t09-Beer Barrel Polka
d1t10-Mexicali Blues
d1t11-Brown Eyed Women
d1t12-El Paso
d1t13-Here Comes Sunshine
d2t01-Playing In The Band

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Nov 28, 2010 11:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

my personal favorites include, 04-29-1971, 09-18-1974, 09-03-1977, 12-30-1981, 10-10-1982, 10-15-1983, 03-27-1985, 09-22-1993

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Poster: RockTheBodyElectric Date: Nov 29, 2010 6:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

Maybe not an "All-Timer" that can compare to the sets you mentioned from 71, but I think the best later day Dead first sets that deserves to be mentioned came on 9-10-91 all with Branford in tow.

Shakedown Street-> CC Rider-> It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry, Black Throated Wind, High Time, Cassidy, Deal

http://www.archive.org/details/gd91-09-10.sbd.sacks.511.sbeok.shnf

A personal favorite of mine.

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Nov 28, 2010 1:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

I love this first set:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-12-05.sbd.unknown.18665.sbeok.shnf

Bertha
Beat It On Down The Line
Big Boss Man
Brown Eyed Women
I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water
Jack Straw
Mr. Charlie
Tennessee Jed
El Paso
Deal
Playing In The Band
Next Time You See Me
Comes A Time
Casey Jones -> One More Saturday Night

you can't go wrong with any of those Felt Forum shows.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Nov 29, 2010 12:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

This has my vote, just for the Muddy Water.
(gotta go listen to this)

a fantastic show - lifting me out of the doldrums over here.

This post was modified by ringolevio on 2010-11-29 20:14:33

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Nov 28, 2010 9:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

You have cited some excellent examples. 8/6/74 is indeed a top-notch first set, and 9/18/74 is a very obvious choice as well. And as you pointed out, I think 5/26/72 sets the bar for post 1971 first sets.

However, as far as "quality of the jamming" I dont think there is a better first set than 2/18/71 and it's Dark Star> Beautiful Jam combo!

Another first set that rarely gets mentioned is 7/31/71, perhaps because it has circulated only as a poor quality audience recording. The Dark Star is just fantastic and it has been included on Road Trips I/3...

Truckin', Sugaree, Mr. Charlie, Mama Tried, Big Railroad Blues, Hard To Handle, Loser, Playin' In The Band-> Dark Star-> Bird Song, El Paso, Me And Bobby McGee

http://www.archive.org/details/gd71-07-31.winberg.weiner.5678.gdADT05.sbefail.shnf

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Nov 28, 2010 9:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

I agree the Last Night of the Europe 72 tour is an epic adventure ending in a sweet and tasty China>Rider and Not Fade Away>GDTRFB>Not Fade Away, the last bit, prompted it seems from the tape, all by the audience clapping in time the Not Fade Away beat!!! Brilliant, as the saying goes!!!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-05-26.sbd.waddell.89641.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Nov 28, 2010 9:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

Well, there are dozens of amazing first sets (and one-set shows) from 68-70, but I don't think that's really what you're looking for here. So I'll nominate this:

9/18/74 - Parc des Expositions, Dijon, France

Set One:
d1t01 - Uncle John's Band
d1t02 - Jack Straw
d1t03 - Friend Of The Devil
d1t04 - Black Throated Wind
d1t05 - Scarlet Begonias
d1t06 - Mexicali Blues
d1t07 - Row Jimmy
d1t08 - Beat It On Down The Line
d1t09 - Deal
d1t10 - The Race Is On
d1t11 - To Lay Me Down
d2t01 - Playin' In The Band

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 29, 2010 9:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

For the early 80's I'd have to go with http://www.archive.org/details/gd83-08-27.aud.hinko.16439.sbeok.shnf

1 Jack Straw 06:12
2 Deep Elem Blues 07:02
3 My Brother Esau 05:25
4 Brown Eyed Women 05:28
5 Little Red Rooster 09:05
6 Ramble On Rose 07:03
7 Looks Like Rain 08:35
8 Deal 08:36

Jack Straw is a raging force of destruction that shows no mercy. Rest of set has some of my favorite versions of the standards. The percussion intro to Esau is perfection. BEW is fantastic. The Deal wraps up the set with visions of Hiroshima on crack. While a very short set, it is packed full of goodness. Even Jerry's voice, while somewhat ragged, provides some fantastic emotional depth with more than one or two growls.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Nov 28, 2010 9:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

Off the side of my head ,

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1980-06-20.sbd.miller.bertha.25468.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: truckin52073 Date: Nov 28, 2010 3:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

This is no doubt one of the best. The band is just smokin' right out of the gate.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Nov 28, 2010 5:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

" Everybody loves a polka ! " Bobby

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au_jJmsfdMs

"...having grown up in a Polish-Italian community I can tell you a few things: Poles are hard workers, their houses are so clean you can eat off of the floors, and nothing beats the warmth and sensuality of a Polish´╗┐ woman...." declaro57
Indeed , 'tis true . Napoleon who enjoyed pursuits across Europe said the most beautiful women in Europe where Polish . Not sure about that one , but he was in better position to discover .
Remember Josephine was always on his mind , the little Corsican butcher . And she died the same time his Empire did . Poor little Boney .

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Poster: dirtybuck Date: Nov 28, 2010 8:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

Only seven, but 6-14-84 was smoking.

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Nov 28, 2010 3:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

Great thread.

I'll throw out 3/23/74:

U.S. Blues
The Promised Land
Brown Eyed Women
Mexicali Blues
Tennessee Jed
Black Throated Wind
Scarlet Begonias
Beat It On Down The Line
It Must Have Been The Roses
El Paso
Deal
Cassidy
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider
Weather Report Suite Prelude ->
Weather Report Suite Part ->
Let It Grow


A solid bunch of little tunes, a good China > Rider, and a very nice Weather Report > Let It Grow.

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Poster: huntr Date: Nov 28, 2010 9:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

11-11-85

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Poster: BVD Date: Nov 28, 2010 10:47am
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9/27/72 has a great first set. Opening with Dew closing it with Playin'

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Poster: old hippy01 Date: Nov 28, 2010 1:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

3-18-90 hartford civic center

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Nov 28, 2010 9:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

a obvious choice perhaps, but i happen to think 6/18/74 has a pretty kickin' 1st set. i also really dig 12/6/73, it gets overshadowed by the ridiculous 2nd set a lot...

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Poster: truckin52073 Date: Nov 28, 2010 3:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your favorite 1st set?

Favorite 1st set? Usually the one I am listening to at the time. But, off the top of my head these come to mind
6/20/80
9/3/77
1/22/78
11/11/73
3/26/90